The Best Adjustable Beds and Buying Guide

Welcome to my list of the best adjustable Bed Frame models. Older beds may look classy, but there’s a limit to how comfortable they tend to be by a long shot.

Adjustable beds and bed frames are modern-day miracles that are by far superior in terms of versatility and are able to cater to your every comfort-based need. Now, without any further ado, let’s proceed with my review of top rated adjustable beds:


Best Adjustable Beds Listed


1. Lucid L300 Adjustable Bed Base with Dual USB Charging

Lucid L300 Adjustable Bed Base with Dual USB Charging Ports, Full, Charcoal

Highlighted features:

  • Steel construction
  • Folding hinges
  • Independent head and foot incline settings
  • Whisper-quiet motor
  • Dual-USB charging ports
  • Upholstered frame

Quick overview:

Lucid’s L300 is a highly versatile adjustable bed that offers much in terms of convenience and sturdiness. It sports a rugged steel frame and fabric upholstery; speaking of which, the fabric parts of L300 are resistant to wear and tear, and subjectively speaking, it looks pretty great too.

It’s available in numerous size variations, including King, Queen, Split King, and Twin XL; in my humble opinion, the SK style may just as well be the best Split King Adjustable bed that the current market has to offer.

The majority of the bed is already assembled, but you’ll need to put some screws and bolts yourself; the process shouldn’t take more than a couple of minutes.

This bed can support up to 750 pounds of weight, which speaks volumes about its sturdiness. Its strong steel construction is among the features L300 comes supplied that I liked the most.

Additionally, there are two USB charging ports (one on each side), allowing you to rapidly and easily charge its motor. The highlight features of L300, however, are the independent foot and head incline settings. Each can be programmed separately, and you’ll be able to save your presets for future use.

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Built to last

  • Available in a variety of size options

  • Can support up to 750 pounds of weight

  • Upholstered in beautiful charcoal gray

  • Equipped with USB charging ports

Cons
  • Minor assembly required

  • A bit higher platform than you might expect


2. Classic Brands Comfort Upholstered Bed Base with Massage

Classic Brands Comfort Upholstered Adjustable Bed Base with Massage, Wireless Remote, Three Leg Heights, and USB Ports-Ergonomic, King, Black

Highlighted features:

  • Metal base
  • Programmable incline positions
  • Head & foot massagers
  • Wireless remote controller
  • USB ports

Quick overview:

Next up we have Classic Brands’ Comfort Bed Base. Subjectively speaking, this is my all-time favorite model, although I’m sure not many would argue that it may be the best adjustable bed that money can buy.

In comparison to Lucid’s L300, the Comfort Bed is slightly wider and heavier. Even though moving it from place to place may present potential problems, it offers a remarkably sturdy construction to compensate for it.

Furthermore, its head incline level is also superior (by 5 degrees in comparison to L300). Although this may not sound like much, this is where the line is drawn between a comfortable position that promotes a healthier posture and a ‘lazy-bag-style’ sitting position. Sadly, its foot-incline level goes only up to 50 degrees.

This bed also sports fully adjustable legs – you will be able to adjust the height of each leg support (up to 7 inches). Even though the Comfort Bed doesn’t feature a mattress, it is supplied with a mat-retention rail that is compatible with most types of mattresses.

Overall, Classic Brands’ Comfort Bed is a simple, remarkably versatile bed that excels in all fields of performance. Even though it’s slightly more expensive than average, it still packs a massive punch for the buck.

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Outstanding level of durability

  • Superb incline level settings

  • A straightforward method of operation

  • Fully adjustable legs

  • Quiet motor

Cons
  • Pricey

  • No mattress included


3. iDealBed 5i Custom Adjustable Bed Base

iDealBed 5i Custom Adjustable Bed Base, Wall Hugger, Massage, Zero-Gravity, Dual USB Charger, One Touch Comfort, Programmable Memory, Night Light, Advanced Smooth Silent Motion (King)

Highlighted features:

  • Tubular-steel construction
  • Wall-hugging frame design
  • Height-adjustable legs
  • IDealBed grip-retention system
  • Back-mounted USB charging ports

Quick overview:

The iDealBed is a remarkable boutique-level adjustable bed that is among the best-performing models on my list. It’s also one of the most feature-packed beds in the high-end category, which is the reason why I warmly recommend it to couples and families who demand comfort, convenience, and value before anything else.

First things first; i5 is built like a brick house, featuring solid tubular-steel construction and a remarkably rugged frame. It’s also a space-saver of sorts, as it packs a wall-hugging design, affording you with extra flexibility during the initial positioning stage.

Its supportive capacity is marvelous, and it also boasts a set of 3×2 multi height-adjustable legs (in the range of 6 to 12 inches). Some of the other features it comes supplied with include a 70-degree head recline, built-in lights mounted under the frame, a retainer bar for the feet, and iDealBed’s patented Microbead grip-retention system.

Even though it’s fairly expensive, I personally think that it performs exceptionally well for the money. It may not the best adjustable bed on the market solely due to its price tag, but it’s certainly among the finest models out there.

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Fantastic recline settings

  • Microbead grip-retention system

  • Multi-height adjustable leg supports

  • Wall-hugging design

  • Exceptionally durable

Cons
  • Expensive

  • Flimsy wireless controller


4. Leggett & Platt Prodigy PT 3.0 Adjustable Bed

Leggett & Platt Prodigy PT 3.0 Adjustable Bed, 2021 Model, Updated Features, Zero Clearance, Massage,Bluetooth, and Zero Gravity (Queen)

Highlighted features:

  • Head and foot articulation
  • Wall-hugger design
  • Capacitive touch remote
  • Bluetooth app for Apple & Android
  • Two USB Ports
  • Height-adjustable legs
  • Emergency shutdown

Quick overview:

The Leggett & Platt’s Prodigy is easily among the best adjustable bed models I’ve had the pleasure of testing.

It is absolutely perfect for plus-sized pairs, as it boasts a supportive capacity of 850 pounds; additionally, it’s bigger than average. Fortunately, the Prodigy sports the Wall-hugger design that is fairly similar to the technology that iDealBed’s i5 is supplied with.

I also really liked the design of the wireless remote; it’s exceptionally easy to use, but should you find it as inconvenient for whatever reason, you can also access most of its features via the Bluetooth app.

On the downside, the Prodigy is fairly loud, and you’ll need to assemble it yourself. These are, however, the only shortcomings I’ve noted ever since it arrived at my doorstep; I daresay that all of its other features are objectively exceptional.

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • A variety of unique features

  • Superior supportive capacity

  • Numerous tilt-lock positions

  • Straightforward design

  • Emergency power shutdown

Cons
  • Requires assembly

  • Very loud massagers


5. Mellow Genie 500 Adjustable Bed Base

Mellow Genie 500 - Adjustable Bed Base, Unique Added Head Tilt, Wireless Remote Control, 5 Minute Tool-Free Assembly, Dual USB Charging Ports, Twin XL,

Highlighted features:

  • Metal construction
  • Multiple tilt-lock positions
  • Head & Foot recline settings
  • Adjustable leg supports

Quick overview:

Mellow’s Genie 500 offers straightforwardness, convenience, and comfort at a very approachable price. This adjustable bed packs a robust metal construction, a set of highly adjustable legs, two charging ports, and a wireless remote.

Due to the fact that it’s not as feature-packed as some of the models on the list, it’s a lot simpler to use (and is in turn ideal for the elderly). It’s also much smaller than average and boasts a space-saving design.

Affordability is the main forte of Mellow’s Genie 500 while its obvious drawback is relatively poor versatility. Nevertheless, it’s an excellent option for people who are on a tighter budget.

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Decently affordable

  • Big and sturdy

  • Fully adjustable legs

  • USB charging stations

  • Easy to assemble

Cons
  • Mediocre versatility


6. Honorable Mention – Blulu 8 Sets Bed Frame Anti-Shake Tools

8 Sets Bed Frame Anti-Shake Tools, Bedside Anti-Shake Fixer Headboards Adjustable Threaded Bed Frame Fixer Prevent Rocking Bed Support Height Adjustable for Fixing (2.1 Inch-4.3 Inch)

Highlighted features:

  • Metal & EVA construction
  • Two sets of 8 anti-shake tools
  • Threaded design

Quick overview:

If you feel like adjustable beds are too expensive for your wallet, I want to suggest opting for anti-shake tools instead. Essentially, Blulu’s fixers can be used to convert a regular bed into a ‘semi-adjustable’ one fairly easily.

These tools are meant to protect your walls while eliminating rocking; even though they offer limited versatility, the threaded design of Blulu’s fixers offers a substantial boost to the bed they are installed in. The bundle is comprised of two sets of eight anti-shake tools, all of which require little in terms of setup.

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Perfect for people on a cash-strapped budget

  • Easy installation

  • Highly durable construction

  • Multiple purposes

Cons
  • Does not affect any aspect of performance aside from stability


Things to consider before buying an adjustable bed

Adjustable beds are relatively new pieces of technology, so you shouldn’t be discouraged by the fact that you know next to nothing about it. Hopefully, this section will help you gain some insight regarding how adjustable beds work and what to look to keep an eye out for:

Pre-assembled vs disassembled

I warmly recommend pre-assembled beds for multiple reasons. First and foremost, I don’t want to pontificate whether most people possess the skills required to craft a bed from scratch, but it’s safe to assume that the vast majority of people don’t.

Furthermore, even if you have a well-equipped workshop (or a garage), adjustable beds often require special tools. If the brand does not provide the aforementioned tools (most brands outfit the box with appropriate hardware), you’ll need to spend some extra cash purchasing them.

That being said, opting for a pre-assembled bundle is obviously the best option. However, adjustable beds are typically fairly big, so going with the pre-assembled package involves risking damages to it, especially with cross-country deliveries.

Another great solution in my opinion is to ask the company whether they offer assembling services and how much it’s going to cost you. In this case, the delivery person is typically the one who will assemble the bed for you.

Features

The features your bed is supplied with determining its versatility, so one might think ‘the more, the merrier’. I would normally agree; having multiple settings, USB-charging, wireless operation, and whatnot just adds to the overall value of any product. However, a feature-packed adjustable bed may be inferior to a straightforward model with several locking positions.

If you value simplicity above versatility, I recommend going with simpler models, such as Mellow’s Genie 500, for example. Beds such as Genie 500 are straightforward to use; they offer convenience to people who want to customize the way they sleep and relax.

However, let’s not take away from the value of well-rounded beds. For instance, iDealBed’s 5i is laden with a myriad of adjustable and configurable settings, and in my opinion, it’s perfect for tech-savvy millennials who are at least remotely familiar with modern-day technologies.

The 5i features a dual-USB charging port, configurable memory banks (user presets), a built-in night light, ASSM technology (advanced smooth silent-motion), an integrated massager, and various other features. It may cause some troubles to the elderly people, but if you’re living with your grandparents and are able to help them use this bed, it just may be the best adjustable bed for seniors.

Functionality vs aesthetics

Feature-packed adjustable beds often sport a futuristic outlook; they’re certainly not as classy, at least as far as I’m concerned, but I did spot quite a few eye candies while I was searching for the best adjustable bed.

Finding a model that is as functional as it is beautiful is not just hard; it’s almost downright impossible. Dozens of built-in features often protrude from the base, and ‘default’ positions of most adjustable beds are, for a lack of a better term, awkward.

In terms of functionality, if the model you’ve set your sights on is capable of catering to your particular needs, I think you should not concern yourself too much with how it looks. Surely enough, a classy, traditional bed may exude a sense of luxury and complement the aesthetics of the room, but you don’t really get that perspective when you lay down to sleep, do you?

If you’re putting aesthetics and functionalities on a scale, my vote is cast to functionalities. At the end of the day, there are many ways to customize your bed’s appearance (with new sheets or upholstery, for example) while adding new features to it requires a fair amount of handyman knowledge and skills.

Durability and materials

In most cases, adjustable beds sport a construction that is largely similar to that of a standard bed. The vast majority of models are constructed of different types of steel and metal with a decent degree of fabric on the base.

The type of design is what differentiates adjustable beds from non-adjustable ones. However, the mechanisms that provide ‘adjustability’ to certain beds often require these models to be a bit more durable – sleeping in a non-horizontal position puts a bit of extra pressure on the support legs, reducing the overall supportive capacity of a model.

In that regard, I would recommend paying a bit closer attention to the supportive features of an adjustable bed. For instance, Lucid’s L300 is outfitted with six extra leg supports (all of which are mounted on the frame); in this way, the L300 compensates for its compromised supportive capacity, eliminating the drawbacks of added pressure in different positions.

On another hand, some models (such as Leggett & Platt’s Prodigy) feature a 2×2 set of leg supports that are mounted on sturdy rails that connect them. This rail-mount system is slightly simpler and lighter while offering the same benefits as bulkier frames with a higher number of legs.

Lockable positions

The main features of adjustable beds are head and foot incline settings. The easiest way to explain how the ‘tilt-lock’ mechanism works are to use an electric hospital bed as an example. Beds in better-equipped hospitals feature head incline adjustments, allowing you to raise the upper section of the bed with a press of a button.

Most modern-day adjustable beds operate in a similar fashion. The electronic device provided with a bundle is to be used to set the incline levels, allowing you to find a position you feel the most comfortable in.

Now, the thing that sets regular adjustable beds from best adjustable bed models and top-rated adjustable beds is the ‘independence’ of head & foot incline settings. Simply put, if you can raise one level without touching the other, these features are not linked.

This allows you to toy around with numerous possibilities, such as Zero Gravity tilt-lock position (level 1 head with level 3 foot incline settings) that models such as Mellow’s Genie 500 offer.

Another feature I would recommend searching for is the programmable set of user banks. The onboard memory in electric adjustable beds should allow you to ‘save’ custom positions and incline levels, saving you the time to search for them every time the battery runs dry.


Frequently Asked Questions

Even though we’ve touched on pretty much everything you should know about an adjustable bed, there are still a lot of things that require some clarification.

I dedicated this section to explain some of the most frequently asked questions regarding the performance of adjustable beds for your convenience:

Do you need special sheets for an adjustable bed?

Plainly put, regular sheets may be useful as long as they’re supplied with any kind of features that would help them stick on your mat when the base moves.

Fitted sheets are an excellent option, for as long as they have fairly deep pockets. Purchasing extra-large sheets is also a viable option, but this will make them slightly less comfortable when you’re not using any incline features (in a ‘flat’ position).

Another thing you may want to consider is upgrading your sheets with suspenders. Even though this may be a bit tricky (and you may need to try a variety of suspenders before you get it right), this is a sure-fire way to preserve your sheets.

Either way, I would recommend adjustable sheets for adjustable beds. After all, these ‘special’ sheet models are designed to best accommodate the specific mode of operation of adjustable beds; even though they may cost a bit more, they’re ultimately worth the buck.

Do adjustable bases ruin mattresses?

Plain sheets would squirm as the base moves (and incline settings are tweaked), which would result in them falling off the bed. Stiffer sheet models are also susceptible to damages, and they’re most likely to rip in vulnerable areas.

Softer mattresses with a minimal number of layers are the last to be ruined by an adjustable base. Obviously, the durability of a mattress in question plays a key role; models made of robust materials won’t wear and tear as much (and as fast).

Do doctors recommend adjustable beds?

Any reputable doctor would recommend using an adjustable bed instead of a ‘traditional’ one. First and foremost, adjustable beds offer customized support, promote a healthier posture and are able to dramatically improve circulation, all of which are tremendous relief sources.

For example, people who suffer from lower back or neck pain often ‘earned’ these ailments through restless sleep. Arthritis or shoulder tension, for example, are often caused by poor support; adjustable beds address such issues, and then some.

Aside from being ‘healthier’ than normal beds in a way, adjustable beds are also far more comfortable to use. Comfortability has a dramatic effect on the quality of sleep, which in turn influences both our physical and mental health. In short, doctors recommend using adjustable beds over ‘normal’ ones for more reasons than one.

What are the pros and cons of an adjustable bed?

My take on adjustable beds is that they bring much to the table while most of their shortcomings revolve around money in one way or another.

The first and most notable benefit is that adjustable beds are actually fairly great health-wise. A decent-quality model will help you improve the quality of your sleep, help fix your posture to some degree, better your circulation, and ultimately allow you to rest and relax in multiple positions.

Most adjustable beds are feature-packed, which means that they offer far more in terms of convenience than regular beds. Additionally, the customized support and personalized comfort adjustable beds offer are just some of the things that standard beds can’t provide.

Regardless of how much I like adjustable beds, I can’t ignore the fact that they’re also fairly more expensive in comparison to standard beds. The market obviously offers a huge selection of models from different brands, so scoring a cheaper adjustable bed shouldn’t be too hard. However, entry-level models are barely any better-rounded in comparison to typical beds.

Additionally, you’ll have to upgrade most of your bed-related accessories, including upholstery, sheets, and the mattress.

What is the best adjustable bed for seniors?

In order to proclaim a model as ‘one of the best adjustable beds for seniors’, several criteria need to check out. First and foremost, the model needs to be accessible and simple to use. Secondly, it should be comfortable and sturdy. Finally, it should not cost a fortune.

Mellow’s Genie 500 fits this description perfectly. It offers a straightforward mode of operation, and what’s more, it even features built-in memory banks that you can use to save your personalized incline settings.

Its comfortability is conditioned by the mattress you will use with it, but it’s equipped with one of the better bases. Finally, the Genie 500 is among the cheapest models in my best adjustable bed review, so I warmly recommend it to elderly people.

How do I choose an adjustable bed?

Basically, it’s up to you to determine what aspect of an adjustable bed’s performance you value the most.

Low-end models are often easier to install and offer simple, easy-to-use features; mid-range models are slightly more versatile and offer multiple locking positions while top-tier boutique beds are equipped with cutting-edge technologies and are often supplied with unique features and settings.

Feel free to consult my buying guide for comprehensive information regarding what to look for in adjustable beds. If you still have doubts, my recommendation would be to try out a cheaper model; this will allow you to get acquainted with the adjustable bed technology without hurting your wallet.

Conclusion

All of the models in my review are suitable candidates for the title of the ‘best adjustable bed’. However, some of them stick out more than most and offer a bit more value for the buck due to their impeccable performance.

My number-one pick is Classic Brands’ Comfort Bed Base; in my humble opinion, this model offers superior versatility, it’s quieter than the other four models, and its built-in massagers ultimately bought me.

The first runner-up would be iDealBed’s i5. Even though Lucid’s L300 offers a slightly better set of leg supports, the grip-retention technology of i5 made my life much easier when it came to installing the mattress. Furthermore, it’s exceptionally sturdy and offers remarkable incline settings.

Mellow’s Genie 500 would be my second runner-up; although it’s not as sturdy as Classic Brands’ Comfort Bed and not as feature-packed as iDealBed’s i5, its offers unique tilt-lock positions and nearly perfect leg supports.

At the end of the day, I will leave the final choice to you. The beds I’ve chosen have matched my criteria as far as sturdiness, versatility, ease of installation and price are of concern, so I feel confident that you won’t regret opting for either one of them.

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